VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 1 April 2013: Dying prisoner treated cruelly by Israeli doctors over many years

1 April 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Attack A Child In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Monday April 1, 2013, The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem, reported that a group of settlers attacked a Palestinian child in Ash-Sharaf neighborhood as he was heading to school, causing various injuries that required hospitalization. …

25 Detainees Suffering From Cancer In Israeli Prisons
IMEMC – Bethlehem Monday April 1, 2013, Palestinian Minister Of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, reported that the Israeli Prison Service admitted that there are 25 Palestinian detainees suffering from cancer, and are facing serious conditions. …

Ma’an News

Prisoners in Nafha jail announce hunger strike
4/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians held in Israel’s Nafha jail will go on hunger strike on Tuesday in solidarity with Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a detainee with cancer, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Monday. Prisoners are planning to escalate protests in solidarity with sick detainees, the PPS said in a statement. Abu Hamdiyeh is….

Palestinian farmer hurt escaping settler attack
4/1/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian farmer sustained bruises while fleeing an attack by a group of armed settlers near Hebron on Monday, a local official said. Four settlers carrying guns chased 45-year-old Jihad Salameh Makhamrah from his land east of Yatta, said Ratib al-Jubour, spokesman of the southern Hebron popular committee. While running….

Qaraqe: Israel to release detainee with cancer
4/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel will release a Palestinian prisoner suffering from cancer in the coming days, the Palestinian Authority prisoners minister said Monday. Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh is in a critical condition in Israel’s Soroka Hospital. His throat cancer has spread to his spinal cord, Issa Qaraqe said in a statement. Abu Hamdiyeh….

Protestors close UNRWA office at Gaza refugee camp
4/1/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Protesters on Monday closed an UNRWA office at al-Bureij refugee camp in a protest against cuts of services. The protesters forced staff of the UN refugee agency’s services office to leave, but there were no injuries or damage. Protesters called on UNRWA to stop cutting services, and to….

Hundreds wait long hours at Allenby Bridge
4/1/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) – Hundreds of Palestinian passengers are waiting long hours between the Jordanian and Israeli terminals at Allenby Bridgeas thousands of pilgrims return to the West Bank after performing Umrah. Director of the Palestinian borders and crossings department Nathmi Muhanna told Ma’an on Monday that the heavy jam partly resulted from….

Abbas says will only attend Cairo talks as sole representative
4/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will attend a proposed Arab League meeting in Cairo if he is invited to represent the whole Palestinian people, he said Monday.”Once again I say that if we are invited to an Arab summit, we will go because we represent the Palestinian people, and nobody else should….

Jerusalem agreement ‘to thwart Israel plans’
4/1/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas signed a deal confirming Jordan’s role as custodian of Jerusalem holy sites in response to leaked reports that Israel planned to end Amman’s responsibility for the Al-Aqsa mosque, a Palestinian official said Monday. Abbas signed the agreement on Sunday during a brief visit to….

Mashaal likely to remain Hamas chief
4/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Khalid Mashaal is likely to remain as the chief of Hamas’ politburo for a fourth term, sources involved in the selection process said Sunday. Mashaal had indicated previously he would not seek another term, but officials told Ma’an that Arab and Palestinian figures asked him to seek the…. Related: Official: Hamas set to announce leader

Detainee dies of heart attack at Gaza prison
4/1/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Sami Hamdan Qishta 50, died on Monday of a heart attack in a prison in southern Gaza, the Hamas government in control of the enclave announced. Qishta was detained at one of Gaza prisons in Rafah on charges related to financial crimes, according to the Gaza ministry of interior, in….

Dahlan’s wife, son in Gaza for family visit
4/1/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The wife of Mohammad Dahlan, a former senior member of Fatah and parliament, arrived on Monday in the Gaza Strip for the first time in seven years. Um Fadi was accompanied by her son for a family visit. She is from Khan Younis. [END]

Official: Hamas set to announce leader
4/1/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas will most likely select Khalid Mashaal as the head of its politburo for a fourth time late Monday, a senior member of the Islamic movement said.”Tonight, the presidency of the political bureau will be resolved, and most likely Khalid Mashaal will remain” the Hamas leader for another term…. Related: Mashaal likely to remain Hamas chief

‘Notorious’ fugitive arrested in Hebron, sources say
4/1/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Palestinian security services in Hebron in the southern West Bank on Monday arrested one of “the top notorious fugitives” in the district, security sources said. According to the sources, members of the Hebron preventive security service, the suspect is accused of car thefts, armed robberies, shooting attacks and other crimes. The….

Fayayd hospitalized after sudden illness
4/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was hospitalized on Monday after falling ill suddenly at his office in the Ministry of Finance. Fayyad was taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Hospital sources said the premier was admitted for stomach pains. He is in a stable condition but will be….

Fatah students hang effigy of Qatari emir in elections debate
4/1/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Fatah-affiliated students hanged an effigy of Qatar’s emir on Monday at a student elections debate in Tulkarem. The Palestine Technical University will vote in 33 new student union representatives on Tuesday, and a public pre-election debate was staged at the northern West Bank campus. Fatah students hanged the effigy….

In photos: Holy week in Jerusalem
4/1/2013 – Reuters / Nir Elias and Baz Ratner – Worshippers carry a cross in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during Holy Week, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. [END]

Teen dies in Nablus car accident
4/1/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A teenager was killed and three others were critically injured on Monday when their jeep overturned in western Nablus. Izz Addin Bahjat Younis, 17, died instantly and Ahmad Adnan, 16, Muhammad Khuweira, 17, and Ahmad Faraj, 17,
sustained serious wounds in the accident on Tunis street, medics said. [END]

Palestinian Airlines plane makes emergency landing at Egypt airport
4/1/2013 – SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A Palestinian Airlines plane carrying 35 passengers bound to El-Arish airport in Egypt made emergency landing Monday at Taba airport in southern Sinai as a result of stormy weather. A Ma’an reporter confirmed that flight 152 which took off from Amman airport outside the Jordanian capital was….

Kuwait executes 3 men convicted of murder
4/1/2013 – KUWAIT (Reuters) — Kuwait executed three men on Monday who had been convicted of murder, the first executions in the Gulf Arab state since 2007, state news agency KUNA reported. Kuwaiti media said on Sunday that the three were a Pakistani, a Saudi and a stateless man and they would be hanged. They were executed at….


Hamas re-elects Khaled Meshaal as leader
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2013 – Election for head of Palestinian faction backed by regional powers Qatar, Egypt and Turkey took place in Cairo.

Palestine News Network

Taking Advantage of Arab Israelis’ Poverty Statistics to Collect Donations for Passover
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Children’s Realities
Palestine News Network

Settlers Assault 16-Year-Old Palestinian in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israel Cuts Off Water Supply to 10 Villages Northwest of Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Presidency Condemns Settlers Breaking into al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine News Network

President Abbas, Jordan King Sign Agreement on Defense of Jerusalem and Holy Sites
Palestine News Network

Weather Forecast: Khamaseen Weather Continues
Palestine News Network

MADA Calls the President to Cancel Articles Which Allows the Imprisonment of Journalists
Palestine News Network

Growth in GDP at Constant Prices During the 4th Quarter 2012, says Statistics
Palestine News Network

Israeli Prison Administration Stalls Urgent Surgery for Prisoner
Palestine News Network

Prisoner’s Health Continues to Deteriorate, says Prisoner Society
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR-Sponsored Delegation of Families of the Palestinian Detainees Starts Activities of Their International Tour with Me…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

The occupation’s toll on one family in Burqa
4/1/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – “we visited. . . 32 year old Ra’ed [who] has been rendered unable to speak , walk or talk after nerve gas was fired into the bathroom he was washing up in in 2002” – 1st April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Burqa, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus – A brief visit to any family home in the occupied West Bank…. Related: The Israeli poison gas attacks: A preliminary investigation

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel Cuts Off Water Supply to 10 Villages Northwest of Jerusalem (Al Wafa)
Relief Web 1 Apr 2013 – Source: EWASH Country: occupied Palestinian territory JERUSALEM, April 1, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Monday completely cut off the water supply to ten villages located northwest of Jerusalem, according to a local official. Yousef al-Faqeeh, head of joint services…

occupied Palestinian territory: The Siege Is Rubbish
Relief Web 31 Mar 2013 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Eva Bartlett GAZA CITY, Mar 31 2013 (IPS) – “For the past five years we’ve collected garbage by traditional means: donkey and cart,” says Abdel Rahem Abulkumboz, director of health and…

Tunisia: Refugees of Libyan War Protest at World Social Forum
Relief Web 31 Mar 2013 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: Ghana, Libya, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Sudan, Tunisia By Alberto Pradilla TUNIS, Mar 31 2013 (IPS) – “We need a solution. The U.N. has created the problem, and they should do their work and fix…

The National

March the bloodiest month yet in Syria
The National 1 Apr 2013 – 6,000 people killed as fierce clashes flare in Aleppo.

Novartis court ruling opens global door to cheap generic drugs
The National 1 Apr 2013 – Seriously ill patients in India and throughout the developing world may be treated for a tenth of the cost after a landmark ruling yesterday by the Indian supreme court that has global significance. Samanth Subramanian reports 

Iranian tour raises fears of Shiite rise in Egypt
The National 1 Apr 2013 – The first direct flight from Tehran to Cairo in 30 years has conservative Sunnis in Egypt protesting any growing Shiite influence. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Flames of despair are still burning brightly in Tunisia
The National 1 Apr 2013 – A desperate young man, a container of petrol, a match: an all-too-familiar scenario in Tunisia. More than 150 people in the country have self-immolated since the event that set off the Arab Spring. Caroline Anning reports from Kesserine 

Saudi religious police lift ban on women on bikes
The National 1 Apr 2013 – A Saudi newspaper says the kingdom’s religious police are now allowing women to ride motorbikes and bicycles but only in restricted, recreational areas.

Dubai Autism Centre starts seventh annual campaign
The National 1 Apr 2013 – Activities will continue throughout the month and will take place at malls, social clubs and various other venues, focusing on how to help people with autism improve their areas of strength.

Call for more centres across the UAE as cases of autism rise
The National 1 Apr 2013 – From babies to teenagers to adults, provision of services and support for people with autism, which has experienced a sharp rise in the UAE in recent years, is lacking across the board, experts say.

Dh100m target for new UAE medical charity
The National 1 Apr 2013 – The Al Jalila Foundation, officially inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, will research diseases such as diabetes and offer scholarships to students from all over the world.


Lapid to meet labor federation chief to prevent clashes over Israel’s new budget
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2013

Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad hospitalized with abdominal infection
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2013

Hamas to ban mixed-sex schools in Gaza Strip
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2013

Worst sandstorm in four years engulfs Israel as heavy air pollution recorded across country
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2013

Ashdod: man arrested, suspected of stabbing his father
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2013

Despite outcry, MK Calderon to speak at far-right conference
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2013

Acre mayor who survived shooting: I will continue to fight crime
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

Start your engines: Formula 1’s coming to Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – ‘Formula 2013: The Peace Road Show’ to hit city streets in June 

‘Little chance of breakthrough in nuclear talks with Tehran’
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Former senior White House adviser predicts “ups and downs” in world powers’ negotiations with Tehran; says regime is exercising constraints on program to avoid sanctions, military attack before Iranian presidential elections. 

Venezuela’s Maduro: Opposition are ‘heirs of Hitler’
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Venezuelan opposition leader of Polish Jewish descent expresses outrage over comment made by acting president. 

Stop using misleading term ‘two-state solution’
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Israel is already a sovereign state and a Palestinian state is not the solution to the lack of peace. 

When there is no peace
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – The catchphrase that “peace is the best security” doesn’t sound very convincing to most Israelis, looking around the tumultuous Middle East. 

The Zadorov case
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Perhaps the most notorious example of a miscarriage of justice was the conviction of Amos Baranes for the 1974 murder of Rachel Heller. 

Borderline Views: The UCU, Zionism and anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – It would be advisable for this latest round of blood letting to cease and for both sides to re-examine the ways in which they do business. 

Is Norway funding the murderers of Israelis?
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – “The country’s 3 largest opposition parties have asked for an investigation into Norwegian financing of the PA”. 

Fight to lower prices in Israel
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – “[Israelis] must show the government that we are serious and that we want to be able to enjoy our hard-earned money.” 

And now, appointing the chief rabbis…
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – “MKs have had to work quickly to change the current lack of ‘proper representation’ of women in a state body.” 

The US is undergoing a process of realignment
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – The implications of America on a path of self-reliance attempting to reduce reliance on Middle East oil. 

Should teachers touch students?
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Dilemma: Touch can be integral to teaching; Israeli policy calls to refrain from touch in schools. 

Peres congratulates Tshuva on Tamar gas flow
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – President congratulates mega tycoon Tshuva whose company was part of conglomerate that developed Tamar gas reservoir. 

Hilarity ensues on April Fools’ Day
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – The White House, Google and YouTube join in on the fun with seemingly plausible prank videos, at first look. 

‘Iranian militia monitored Bulgarian synagogue’
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – US think tank: Qods Forces monitored synagogue in Sofia suggesting it’s a possible target for terror attack. 

Report: Palestinian PM Fayyad rushed to hospital
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – PA prime minister is in stable condition after being taken to Ramallah hospital suffering from stomach aches. 

Lebanese gunmen kidnap eight Alawite Syrians
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Gunmen demand release of Sunni man believed to be held by Syrian forces; Lebanese forces send patrols to look for hostages. 

Navy charged with protecting gas fields from attacks
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Amid gov’t overdraft, “under-equipped” navy, security for new offshore gas deposits estimated to cost $800 M. to build, maintain. 

Dust storms cover Israel on last day of Passover
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Dust storms swept over from Egypt into Israel kept many people indoors for the last day of Passover; Sde Dov airport shut. 

Poll: Palestinians prefer Barghouti over Abbas
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Jailed Fatah leader would defeat Abbas, Haniyeh in PA presidential elections; poll finds 55% support a two-state solution. 

UK: Jewish former MP resigns from soccer club
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – David Miliband, former UK foreign secretary, quits Sunderland board after appointment of coach with history of “fascist” inklings.

Hamas law bans mixed sex schools in Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – New rules will bar men from teaching at girls’ schools, mandate separate classes for boys and girls from the age of 9. 

Cop dies in fall, while responding to burglary
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Veteran police officer Hani Trudi dies in Kiryat Shmona; was a father of three from the Druze village of Kisra Sumeil. 

Lapid: I won’t let Israel become Cyprus or Greece
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Finance minister vows to ensure the middle class would cease carrying the burden of budget cuts on their shoulders; adds if the middle class is not protected th
e economy will come to a halt and the deficit will grow. 

Mashaal re-elected head of Hamas Political Bureau
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – Veteran leader is elected for 4th term, despite previous reports saying he does not intend to run for re-election. 

UC Hebrew lecturer ties student groups to Hamas
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2013 – University of California lecturer: Muslim student groups have ties to terror organizations, promote anti-Semitism on campus. 

An inspired tribute to a legendary band
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Jerusalem-based ‘Alice In Chains’ tribute band brilliantly recreates group’s seminal 1996 MTV acoustic performance. 

The Guardian

Hamas re-elects Khaled Mashaal
The Guardian 1 Apr 2013 – Qatar-based Palestinian leader wins four-year term capping a year of internal elections spread over several countries The Islamic militant group Hamas on Monday re-elected longtime leader Khaled Mashaal, according to officials, choosing a relative pragmatist who…

Israel set to jail teenage conscientious objector for eighth time
The Guardian 1 Apr 2013 – Nathan Blanc has spent more than 100 days in prison over the past 19 weeks due to his refusal to enlist in Israeli army It is a routine Nathan Blanc knows well. At 9am on Tuesday…

Hamas to ban men teaching at girls’ schools
The Guardian 1 Apr 2013 – Critics of new measures say Islamist movement ruling the Gaza Strip is trying to force its ideology on society New rules from the education ministry of the Islamist Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip will bar…

Inter Press Service

Lebanon in a ‘Civil War’ Over Wages
IPS The surprise resignation of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Nijab Mikati eclipsed his last major manoeuvre, which was to refer to parliament a highly contentious wage scale hike for the public sector. Teachers and staff across the public sector started an open strike on Feb. 20 when then prime minister Nijab Mikati…

Yemen Struggles With Past Crimes
IPS Yemen has launched its six-month National Dialogue but creating a just law is proving a formidable task. The debate is being conducted through a conference that finally kicked off in the capital on Mar. 18. The Dialogue is designed to unify the fractured country since ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ouster….


Easter Resurrection of Palestine

Free Syrian army to Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood: You don’t own this revolution and you did not make it.

Land in village of Qusin used as garbage dump by settlers

Reading Palestinian Prison Diaries

Palestine poverty at unprecedented levels

Iran supports Morsi’s initiative on Syria

The message sent by America’s invisible victims

‘Facts on the ground’ loom as Bil’in protests enter ninth year

80-year-old attacked by settlers may need surgery

Syria News – March 30 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)

Daily Star

Syria, elections cloud next Iran nuclear talks: experts
Daily Star 1 Apr 2013 Experts Monday downplayed hopes of any breakthrough in upcoming nuclear talks with Iran, cautioning that progress is unlikely before Iranian elections or while the Syrian conflict rages.

Hamas re-elects Meshaal as leader: official
Daily Star 1 Apr 2013 Hamas re-elected its veteran exiled leader Khaled Meshaal in Cairo on Monday, said an official of the Palestinian Islamist movement that rules Gaza.

Egypt lifts cooking gas price before IMF visit
Daily Star 1 Apr 2013 Egypt raised the price of state-subsidised cooking gas for the first time in two decades on Monday, a government official said, trimming an unaffordable subsidy bill but increasing the risk of unrest.

Tunisia’s Islamist leader backs death penalty
Daily Star 1 Apr 2013 Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party, said he backs the application of the death penalty, describing it as a “natural law” in a television interview to be broadcast Monday evening.

Eight Syrians kidnapped in north Lebanon
Daily Star 1 Apr 2013 Eight Syrian workers are kidnapped after crossing into north Lebanon, security source says.

Canada opens diplomatic mission in Baghdad
Daily Star 1 Apr 2013 Canada opens its first diplomatic mission in Iraq in more than two decades as Foreign Minister John Baird acknowledges his country “needs to be on the ground in Baghdad”.

YNet News

C.African Republic opposition says to boycott new government
YNet News, 1 Apr 2013 – ….

Eli Yishai slams Lapid over Facebook post
YNet News, 1 Apr 2013 – ….

Hamas leadership to name head of politburo
YNet News, 1 Apr 2013 – ….

Partner of Russian oligarch: He did not kill himself
YNet News, 1 Apr 2013 – ….

Obama’s Trojan Horse
YNet News, 1 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: US president seems to have forgotten Israel took great risks when it signed Oslo Accords, withdrew from Gaza ….

Palestine Information Center

Mishaal elected again to lead Hamas
PIC – The Shura Council of Hamas has re-elected Khaled Mishaal as head of the movement’s political bureau for another term, according to a Quds Press report.

25 cancer patients detained in Israeli jails
PIC – An official Palestinian human rights report has affirmed that chronic disease had spread among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails.

IOF soldiers detained 90 children last month
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 330 Palestinians in the past month of March including 90 children, a human rights group said on Monday.

IOA closes Gaza sole commercial crossing for 4th day running
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) continued to close on Monday the sole Gaza commercial crossing of Karm Abu Salem for the fourth day running.

IOF closes Beit Kahil Bridge in al-Khalil, arrests a college student
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) closed on Monday morning Beit Kahil Bridge west of al-Khalil, preventing passengers and vehicles’ movement
, conducting accurate inspections for one hour and a half.

Sharawna: Abu Hamdiya faces death
PIC – The liberated prisoner Ayman Sharawna said on Monday that the health condition of the elderly prisoner Mayssra Abu Hamdiya is extremly serious due to his hunger strike and the IPS’ medical negligence.

Minister Jabari: the prisoners suffer difficult conditions in Israeli jails
PIC – Issa Jabari, who was released from occupation jails yesterday, said that the Palestinian prisoners suffer very difficult conditions where the IPS exercises different forms of repression against them.

Al-Masri: Israeli occupation tries to drive a wedge between Egypt and Gaza
PIC – MP Mushir al-Masri stated that the idea of settling the Palestinians in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is an Israeli attempt to drive a wedge between Egypt and Gaza.

Aqsa mosque students’ detention extended
PIC – The Israeli forces extended the detention of two Palestinian students of al-Aqsa mosque for 4 days on charges of Takbeer at al-Aqsa and assaulting a policeman after a long hearing ..

Conference recommends renouncing negotiations and rebuilding the PLO
PIC – The National Security Conference stressed on the Palestinian right of return and compensation of refugees, in addition to refusing any negotiation or compromising Palestinian fundamental rights.


Over 20 Children Arrested in Q2 of March, 2013, says Information Ministry
WAFA – 1 Apr 2013

Abbas Receives US Consul General in Jerusalem
WAFA – 1 Apr 2013

Abbas: Government and Elections to be Announced in One Day
WAFA – 1 Apr 2013

Newspapers Review: Agreement on Jerusalem Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 1 Apr 2013

Erekat: Ending Occupation is Way to Security, Peace in Region
WAFA – 1 Apr 2013

Settlers Beat up Palestinian Student in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 1 Apr 2013

Israel Cuts Off Water Supply to 10 Villages Northwest of Jerusalem
WAFA – 1 Apr 2013

Weather Forecast: Khamaseen Weather Continues
WAFA – 1 Apr 2013


In Egypt, a satirist facing charges remains irreverent
LA Times 31 Mar 2013 – Bassem Youssef is questioned over complaints that he insulted President Mohamed Morsi. But for him and his Twitter followers, it’s just part of the show. CAIRO — He arrived with a prankster’s aplomb.

Iran’s Double-Digit Inflation Worsens
New York Times 1 Apr 2013 – The government’s announcement of the rising rate appeared to be an acknowledgment of the effects of Western sanctions. 

Syrian Newspapers Emerge to Fill Out War Reporting
New York Times 1 Apr 2013 – The editor of Sham, a new weekly newspaper, said coverage of the war in Syria had been skewed by exaggerations and misinformation. 

Hamas Adds Restrictions on Gaza Schools
New York Times 1 Apr 2013 – The new law enforces a more rigid separation of sexes in schools and prohibits any relations with Israelis. 

The Olympian: ‘All human beings have the sense of peace inside’
Jewish Voice for Peace – Dozens gather for peace in Gaza on 10th year of Olympia activist’s death. ‘All human beings have the sense of peace inside,’ Chelsea Krotzer, The Olympian , March 17, 2013. About 100 people gathered Saturday in Sylvester Park, holding signs showing support for the family of Rachel…

For Brookings talk on Arab women– no Arab women!
Mondoweiss – This Thursday the Saban Center at Brookings  is holding a talk on Women in a Changing Middle East. The speaker is Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine. The moderator is Tamara Cofman Wittes. The issue: As Arab citizens struggle to rewrite the rules defining their societies,…

Amina Tyler’s naked activism
Mondoweiss – Amina Tyler Here’s the story of Amina Tyler, a 19-year- young woman who has brewed a storm of controversy in Tunisia. Tyler around 10 days ago posted two photos of herself topless on Facebook. The first image showed Amina with the words “F*** your morals” written…

Fiona Shaw says Jesus’s martyrdom has resonance in Middle East (but NPR doesn’t explore that)
Mondoweiss – Some news for Easter. Robert Siegel of NPR (whom I’ve regularly criticized for being culturally-bound) stepped outside his comfort zone to do an excellent interview of the Irish actress Fiona Shaw , who is in New York to play Jesus’s mom in “The Testament of Mary,” a…

‘NYT’ reporter&rsquo
;s appeal to editor: young Jews raising money for IDF are ‘just like your daughter’

Mondoweiss – Here is an intriguing story about mainstream journalistic culture and the extent to which pro-Israel attitudes are simply imbedded among reporters. At a recent journalistic forum, a reporter for the New York Times said that to sell a story about a court case involving young Jewish…

Roger Waters at 92d Street Y? Israel advocate calls for ‘real Jews’ to stop this assimilationist obscenity
Mondoweiss – This is great news: later this month the 92d Street Y is hosting Roger Waters , to have a look back over his career. The event appears to be sold out. I don’t see a moderator for the event. I imagine that Waters will talk about his…

Worst Sandstorms in Years Engulf Israel as Passover Nears End 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Apr 2013 – Heavy haze from sandstorms in the Negev area engulfed most parts of Israel on Monday, limiting visibility to approximately a kilometer. Conditions are expected to improve on Monday evening. The Environment Ministry issued a statement warning of high levels of air pollution. Click here for the…

Hamas Pushes Segregation by Gender in Gaza Schools 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Apr 2013 – New rules from the Education Ministry of the Islamist Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip will bar men from teaching at girls’ schools and mandate separate classes for boys and girls from the age of nine. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Natural Gas Starts Flowing on Sabbath From Mediterranean Field 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Mar 2013 – President Shimon Peres said Sunday that it was a mistake to begin the flow of natural gas from the Tamar gas field to Israel on a Saturday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Eritrea: ‘Fear and Limbo’ Drives Woman to Set Up Support Centre in Israel 
allAfrica.com 1 Apr 2013 – [RFI]Israel is home to one of the largest Eritrean communities in the world. However, they face discrimination and live in constant fear. One Eritrean woman has founded a centre to give them support.

Tunisia: NCA President Meets With DFLP Chief 
allAfrica.com 1 Apr 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -The Palestinian national reconciliation and the decision-making autonomy of the Palestinian people were discussed as President of the National Constituent Assembly Mustapha Ben Jaafar met, on Monday afternoon in Bardo, with Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Nayef…

Egypt: Morsi Meets His Advisors, Aides, Reviews Outcome of His Visit to Qatar, South Africa 
allAfrica.com 1 Apr 2013 – [Egypt Online]Upon his return from a foreign tour Thursday 28/03/2013, President Mohamed Morsi held a meeting with a number of his advisors and aides.

37th annual commemoration of Land day in Palestine 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 1 Apr 2013 – March 30, 2013, marks the 37th annual commemoration of Land Day in Palestine when in 1976 Israeli military forces killed six Palestinians and wounded and arrested hundreds more during what began as nonviolent demonstrations. Protests in several Palestinian villages were in opposition to the Israeli government’s…

Syria suffers ‘deadliest month’ 
BBC 1 Apr 2013 – More than 6,000 people died in Syria in March during the deadliest month since protests against President Bashar al-Assad began two years ago, activists say.

Libyan PM’s aide ‘kidnapped’ 
BBC 1 Apr 2013 – Mohamed al-Ghattous, an aide to Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, is missing after apparently being seized by armed men, say officials.

Hamas in mixed-sex school ‘ban’ 
BBC 1 Apr 2013 – Hamas, the Islamist group that governs the Gaza Strip, is to introduce a law banning mixed-sex schools for all children over the age of nine.

Obama and Palestine’s Forgotten Past 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 1 Apr 2013 – Mugs with pictures of U.S. President Barack Obama wearing a keffiyeh, displayed in a souvenir shop in Gaza City, on 9 November 2010. (Photo: AP -Adel Hana) Mugs with pictures of U.S. President Barack Obama wearing a keffiyeh, displayed in a souvenir shop in Gaza City,…

Meshaal re-elected as Hamas leader 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2013 – Two Hamas officials say the Palestinian Islamic group has re-elected Khaled Meshaal as its leader for the fourth time. Mashaal, 56, who has run the Palestinian movement since 1996 from exile, was widely seen as a favorite. He is backed by regional powers Qatar, Turkey and…

Ancient Damascus synagogue looted 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2013 – A Syrian opposition fighter walks in a building during clashes with the Syrian army in the northern city of Aleppo on 27 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) A Jewish synagogue in Damascus believed to be thousands of years old has been damaged and looted…

Arab Comics: Creating Communities, Archiving History 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2013 – A screen shot of a page from one of the translated American comics available on arabcomics.net. A screen shot of a page from one of the translated American comics available on arabcomics.net. In his foreword to Joe Sacco’s comic book Palestine, Edward Said, the iconic intellectual,…

Guantanamo inmate relatives protest in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2013 – Relatives of Yemeni inmates held in the US detention center “Camp Delta” at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, brandish their portraits during a protest to demand their release, outside the American Embassy in Sanaa, on 1 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Huwais)…

Lebanon: Rival Salafi Sheikhs Seek Unity 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2013 – Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal greets his supporters in the Beirut district of Tariq al-Jadideh during a protest against the attacks on Sunni Muslim scholars, March 18, 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Hussam Shebaro) Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal greets his supporters in the Beirut district of Tariq al-Jadideh during a…

Saudi Arabia carries out 29th execution this year 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2013 – Saudi Arabia beheaded on Monday one of its nationals convicted of murdering a fellow Saudi in the southern Assir region, the interior ministry said. Abdul Rahman al-Qahtani had shot dead Saleh Moutared following a dispute, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news…

Syria suffers ‘deadliest month’ 
BBC 1 Apr 2013 – More than 6,000 people died in Syria in March during the deadliest month since protests against President Bashar al-Assad began two years ago, activists say.

Libyan PM’s aide ‘kidnapped’ 
BBC 1 Apr 2013 – Mohamed al-Ghattous, an aide to Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, is missing after apparently being seized by armed men, say officials.

Hamas in mixed-sex school ‘ban’ 
BBC 1 Apr 2013 – Hamas, the Islamist group that governs the Gaza Strip, is to introduce a law banning mixed-sex schools for all children over the age of nine.

Tanker bomb attack at Iraq police HQ 
BBC 1 Apr 2013 – A suicide attacker blows up a tanker lorry at the police HQ in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, killing at least nine people.


’Facts on the ground’ loom over Bil’in as protests enter ninth year 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 3/30/2013
      I went to the weekly demo against the Wall in the Palestinian village Bil’in yesterday, after several months that I haven’t visited the West Bank at all (I try not to travel beyond the Green Line when it’s not for work). A colleague visiting from the U.S. joined me, and we arrived at the village shortly after noon.
     Some internationals and a few Israelis gathered in the streets, and when the prayer ended we started walking towards the wall, a march which has become much longer since the army moved the route of the barrier closer to the ultra-Orthodox settlement Modi’in Ilit – the largest city in the West Bank – and returned the village some of its land. Beyond the wall lies “Green Park,” one of the two eastern neighbourhoods of Modi’in Ilit, also on farm land that belonged to Bil’in before it was confiscated by Israel in order to solve the housing crisis for the ultra-Orthodox population of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
     Even if Israel were to agree to leave the West Bank, Green Park would not be evacuated. Even Palestinian negotiators agreed to have it annexed to Israel in exchange for equal territory elsewhere. Thus, the Palestinian people might one day be compensated for the land that was taken from Bil’in, but the people of the village – its owners – will not. This fact also highlights the paradox of the settlements: on one hand, Israel claims that settlements do not affect the final status agreement and can be evacuated at any time – a notion recently backed by U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to give up the demand for a settlement freeze – yet in every round of negotiations, the Israeli government presents new facts on the ground as fait accompli, and demands that the proposed solution be adjusted to accommodate them.
     Nothing seems further away from the diplomatic game than a walk through the hills surrounding Bil’in under a surprisingly bright sun…. more.. e-mail

Tasteless montage: Pro-Israel group puts IDF soldiers in line with Nazi camp inmates 
Ami Kaufman, +972 Magazine 3/30/2013
      Stand With Us poster juxtaposes Holocaust survivors with IDF soldiers
     How does one give therapy to a whole nation? This is the question I asked myself after seeing this photo montage made by the pro-Israel group Stand With Us, celebrating that Israel is now the largest center of Jews in the world. (UPDATE: Stand With Us took the picture off their Facebook wall)
     That’s the only way I can explain a photo like this. The Jewish nation goes through one of the most traumatic events in history, and the result is some sort of disorder, a PTSD on national levels. How does one treat that?
     How does one convince a people that yes, what you’ve been through was horrific on levels so hard to grasp – but you can not be a victim forever? I’m saddened to think about the prospects for reconciliation with our neighbors, if this level of victimhood is what dictates our thoughts every second. When something like this is ingrained so deeply in the national psyche, what are the hopes in the near future for freeing ourselves from it?
     It’s always the little things, like a stupid photo montage, that really bring it home to me, that really fill me with despair.
     Yet, besides saddening me this photo also angers me. It angers me how someone can cynically use a picture of concentration camp inmates for their own purposes. Especially when it turned out that Israel was probably the worst place a Holocaust survivor could have chosen to live in. Of all places, Israel let the survivors in its midst die in utter poverty. Israel never forgot the Holocaust, but certainly forgot its survivors. — See also: Stand With Us poster sends truly universal message – accidentally more.. e-mail

Dheisheh camp ‘university’ questions what it means to be a refugee 
Daryl Meador, Dheisheh refugee camp, Electronic Intifada 3/26/2013
      “When we speak about homeland, we always speak about the past. I think this is wrong, because our homeland is the future,” said Aysar al-Saife, a 24-year-old resident of Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. Al-Saife is one of 12 active participants in Campus in Camps, a new two-year program for young residents of the refugee camps in the southern West Bank who are eager to rethink their representation and identity as Palestinian refugees.
     Campus in Camps was officially born in January 2012. The initiative was developed by architect and urban design specialists Allessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal, both of whom were also founders of the Decolonizing Architecture Artist Residency. The initiative was developed from an interest in exceptional nature of the camps; despite harsh conditions, they have developed into relatively autonomous social and political spaces. Based on this, they began to ask, how can the camps be re-represented, divorced from past conceptions, without normalizing the status of the refugees as being in exile?
     “[In the past,] refugee camps have been spaces for humanitarian intervention. But now if you look at the refugee camp, they are very independent spaces. What we seek is to find how to represent these, because the very static and traditional way of representation for refugees is of victimization, poverty and passivity,” explained a participant, Isshaq Albarbary. “And we think we are in a new phase of representation. That’s very much what we work on.”
     Housed in Dheisheh’s al-Feniq Center, Campus in Camps was created as a space where young people could attempt to answer these questions themselves, and develop their answers into initiatives for their own communities.
     “Occupation of knowledge”
     While the project, known as “Campus” for short, takes its basic idea from the concept o
f a university and is part of the Al-Quds University/Bard College partnership, it functions through methods very different than a traditional university…. more.. e-mail

The Arab-Israeli conflict needs to retake centre stage 
Feras Abu Helal, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/29/2013
      The conflict is an Arab conflict, not simply Palestinian-Israeli, and those who doubt this must look again at the history.
     There is an ongoing discussion in the media and social media about the Arab-Israeli conflict going back to centre stage in the Arab world. What’s new is that the belief is being voiced louder following national revolutions in Arab countries since December 2010 even though Arab individuals are more concerned with freedom and the future of their countries which are witnessing “national” demands.
     Is the Arab-Israeli conflict still a central issue for the Arabs? What causes the Arab citizen weighed down by their “national” concerns to pay attention to what is happening in Palestine?
     Before discussing this, we must first pinpoint the bases of the argument, its contexts and the groups involved.
     The first is the elite which has recently turned its back on pan-Arab nationalism and turned to the nation state as a panacea. It stresses the importance of each Arab country to look for solutions to their domestic problems instead of thinking about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Its reasoning is justified by the revolutionaries’ national slogans about internal concerns rather than external problems.
     However, the elite have overlooked the fact that even in the middle of the struggle against the tyrannical regimes the demonstrators did not forget the struggle to free Palestine. “The people want the liberation of Palestine” was heard in Tunisia on the anniversary of the fall of the Ben Ali regime; and the people of Cairo targeted the Israeli Embassy, while demonstrations against Israel’s offensive in Gaza were held in several Arab capitals last November. more..e-mail

Israel’s siege tips Gaza waste management to crisis point
Electronic Intifada: 1 Apr 2013 – Eva Bartlett Gaza City 1 April 2013 Gaza municipality uses donkey carts to collect 350 tons of waste daily.more

Dying prisoner treated cruelly by Israeli doctors over many years
Electronic Intifada: 1 Apr 2013 – Linah Alsaafin Ramallah 1 April 2013 Maysara Abuhamdia may only have days to live; he has long complained of “intentional negligence” by doctors “treating” Palestinian detainees.more

‘The Feeling You Get in Rohingya Refugee Camps’: Photo Gallery by Zoriah
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Apr 2013 – By Zoriah – Zoriah.net Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are sad place to be in. People are stuck in impossible situations, having fled their homes and their lives only to end up in one of the worlds most impoverished and over populated countries.  They live in camps where they are not allowed to work and have few options, few resources and little hope. Getting access to photograph the Rohingya refugee camps in is nearly impossible. The government is not interested in the Rohingya’s stories being told and does not give access to journalists. As a photojournalist I have seen a lot of things others would never even want to imagine.  Oddly enough what really gets to me, what gives me nightmares more than anything else, are situations in which people are trapped and have no options.  I had nightmares for years after my first trip to Gaza, thinking about what…more

Look at the World from Behind the Wall
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Apr 2013 – By William A. Cook “Put yourself in their shoes. Look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own. Living their entire lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements not just of those young people but their parents, their grandparents, every single day. It’s not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It’s not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; or restricting a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or displace Palestinian families from their homes Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land — (President Barak Obama in Israel 2013). Would that the President might take his own advice—“Put yourself in their shoes. Look…more

Doc Jazz: a Palestinian Surgeon’s Musical Intifada
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Apr 2013 – By Sahar Mansour Times change, situations change, people change. This is how the world has always been, and this can definitely be said about these turbulent first decades of this 21st century. For this reason, it’s nice to know that there are also things and people that seem to be weathering these changes, and stubbornly remain there as constant and dependable factors. In the limited world of music for the Palestinian cause, the phenomenon known as ‘ Doc Jazz ‘ can certainly be counted as one of these dependable factors. Almost since the very beginning of internet activism, he has been present and active, which is why to most people who are interested in the Palestinian cause, he would barely be in need of any introduction. He is the Palestinian surgeon who, next to his ongoing career as a surgeon, has been engaging in activism on and off the internet,…more

Reading Palestinian Prison Diaries
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Apr 2013 – By Richard Falk (The Prisoners’ Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, edited by Norma Hashim, in close collaboration with the Centre for Political & Development Studies, Gaza, 2013) There are many moving passages that can be found in these excerpts from prison diaries and recollections of 22 Palestinians. What is most compelling is how much the material expresses the shared concerns of these prisoners despite great variations in writing style and background. A few keywords dominate the texts: pain, God or Allah, love, dream, homeland, steadfastness, tears, freedom, dream, prayer. My reading of these diaries exposed me to the distinct personal struggles of each prisoner to survive with as much dignity as possible in a dank and poorly lit circumstances of isolation, humiliation, acute hostility on the part of the prison staff, including abusive neglect by the medical personnel. The diaries also confirmed that even prolonged captivity had not…more

Look at the World from Behind the Wall
Dissident Voice: 1 Apr 2013 – Put yourself in their shoes. Look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own. Living their entire lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements not just of those young people but their parents, their grandparents, every single day. It’s not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It’s not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; or restricting a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or displace Palestinian families from their homes Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land. — President Barak Obama in Israel 2013 Would that the President might take his own advice — “Put yourself in their shoes. Look at the…more

A Day after in Palestine
Dissident Voice: 1 Apr 2013 – Thirty-seven years ago the Israeli Housing Minister stated : “If you want to develop an area you have to confiscate some lands.  We have done this very slowly with extreme consideration and much patience.”  It is doubtful that the average Palestinian was aware of these reassuring words, reported by the Associated Press on 31 March 1976.  But after a day of deadly conflict, they woke to a very real understanding of Israeli “consideration.” On 30 March 1976 Palestinians held a general strike to protest against the recently announced intention of the Israeli forces to further snuff out Arab viability in the Galilee region.  The Israeli government intended to expropriate 5000 acres of land in order to build Jewish-only settlements.  The government conceded that 1625 of those acres belonged to its Arab citizens and claimed that an additional 2000 were owned by the “ Israeli Land Authority .”  The Palestinian people knew…more

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